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|WITTON CASTLE||Castles & Historic Monuments|
|Witton-le-Wear, Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham, DL14 0DE|
14th Century castle set in unspoilt countryside in the heart of County Durham. The summer months are full of activity at Witton Castle. The events themselves are varied, but all include one important ingredient...FUN! All are open to the general public and single day-passed are usually available. As well as providing access to stunning local countryside walks, Witton Castle is within easy travelling distance to Durham Cathedral and Beamish Museum.
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|TOWN HALL||Castles & Historic Monuments|
|Market Place, Durham City|
The Town Hall was built in 1850 and features superb stained glass windows, paintings, heraldic symbols and a magnificent fireplace of local stone. Also the guildhall, first built in 1356. Guided tours by appointment only.
Raby Castle and the Rising
of the North
Raby Castle -
Set in a 200 acre deer
park, some eighteen miles south west of
Durham, Raby Castle is widely regarded as one
of the grandest of its kind, having some of
the most outstanding examples of medieval,
Regency and Victorian architecture and
interiors in the whole of England.
Tel: 0191 334 3800
Photo: Judges Postcards
Dating from 1072, one of the largest Norman
castles and one of the grandest Romanesque
palaces to survive in England.
The castle was the seat of the Prince Bishops
Together with the cathedral, the castle is a
World Heritage Site.
It now houses University College, foundation
college of Durham University, and is a
conference, banqueting and holiday centre in
Piercebridge Roman Fort
Piercebridge near Darlington
Tel: 01325 463795
Photo: Derwentside District Council
Visible Roman remains include the East Gate and
defences, courtyard building and part of
internal road. Also remains of the bridge which
carried Dere Street over the Tees.
The oldest surviving
single-span railway bridge in the world (built
1725-26) stands 80 feet above a wooded gorge.
It is the main feature of a picnic area and
woodland walk with displays explaining the
early waggonways and a replica of an 18th
century coal waggon.
The Tanfield Railway runs between Sunniside,
Causey Arch and East Tanfield. Open at all
Tel: 01833 638212
An imposing Norman stronghold. Extensive ruins
standing on a cliff above the River Tees.
Binchester Roman Fort
near Bishop Auckland
Tel: 01388 663089
Binchester offers the remains of a commanding
officer's house, with the vest preserved
military bath house in Britain, and a
fascinating stretch of Dere Street. It is the
only Roman Fort in the region which is readily
accessible to wheelchairs.
Tel: 0191 269 1200
Massive 12th century stone keep overlooking the
valley of the River Greta. Built on the site of
a Roman fort guarding the approach to Stainmore